39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2005
I have been waiting for this DVD set with baited breath, and it was well worth the wait.
To be able to pop in a DVD of some of the greatest basketball ever played is a refreshing treat from watching the boring, slow, selfish basketball of today. Watching these games again, it just blows me away how little today's awful, me-me-me players learned from legends like Bird, Magic, McHale, Worthy, etc. This is basketball as its finest.
Celtics-Lakers '84 probably was the best Finals series ever played, and I say that not just because the C's won. It was high intensity, brilliantly played basketball on both sides (Worthy's stolen pass by Henderson notwithstanding). Watching the '81 Celtics-Sixers Game 7 again literally brings chills to me. I was a 16 year old kid at the time, and was literally too nervous to watch the final few minutes. The Sixers led the whole game, and I was getting too discouraged to keep watching. I went into a barn next to our house, which had a converted hoop inside it, and started shooting baskets in nervous energy, imagining every shot to be a comeback by the C's. When I quickly turned the game on the radio, I heard the cigarette-stained voice of Johnny Most gloriously saying the Celtics had just scored nine of the game's last 10 points and had pulled it out, 91-90. Incredible. My gambit worked. I was on Cloud Nine.
Speaking of Most - the most objective, truth-telling play-by-play man of all time ("The gutless way they do things here" - circa Detroit, late '80s), I attended the Johnny Most Basketball Camp in 1977, in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Some of the unforgettable memories include:
-Johnny yelling at his son, Les, to "pick 'em up and lay 'em down" on the court during the many scrimmages of camp.
- Johnny telling us wide-eyed kids of the time "Havlicek Stole the Ball."
-Us asking Johnny what he'd do if we took away all of his cigarettes (he smoked at least two packs of Kool cigarettes per day)? He said he'd "go right back out to my trunk and get another carton."
-Johnny sitting, alone, in the camp's kitchen, watching an episode of "Hawaii 5-O" on a small black and white TV, telling us he couldn't join us yet until he watched the conclusion.
It's all great stuff. I know fans around the country roll their eyes a lot at Boston sports fans, how much they live in the past and think everything of their childhood was the real "glory days", but you simply have no idea unless you were there how special it was to grow up watching this team. In my case, it started with the early '70s era, with Cowens, White, Havlicek, etc., and continued on through the wonderful Bird era. The basketball was incredible, and it will live on forever on this fine DVD.
I would have liked more, of course, including more on the teams that won the '74 and '76 titles - especially the '74 team. That series against Milwaukee for the title, against Kareem, Robertson, etc., was one of the more overlooked Finals ever, in terms of how great it was. Ironically, the best C's team of the '70s was one that didn't win it all. The 1973 Celtics won 68 games, and might have been the best fast-breaking C's team in history. They were a joy to watch, with their passing and teamwork. But Havlicek broke his arm in the playoffs, and the Knicks took advantage with a series win.
Anyway, Celtics fans need to run, not walk, to get this fine set of memories.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2009
As the sports DVD boom continues, the NBA shows it is head and shoulders above all the major professional sports in this field. While MLB and NHL DVD's give you the full games but lack bonus features; the NFL has also done this with the NFL teams and they started strong with the elite teams (Steelers, Packers, Cowboys, etc) they have watered it down and given less bang with your buck.
The NBA through NBA TV created "The Dynasty Series" and its continued excellence wins again with "The Boston Celtics"
When your purchase this set you get 5 dual discs (discs that have material on both sides) which allows you to have close to 22 hours of material.
If you purchase at Wal-Mart or hear at Amazon you will spend no more than $25-$30 for this set. That is a beyond a great deal. Unlike the competitor leagues this NBA series not only gives you documentaries but full games.
This set gives you the "Celtic Dynasty" which is an hour documentary on the Celtics rise to basketball supermacy. You get a bunch of other featurettes that concern Celtic playoff runs in the 1970's and 1980's.
What is the meat and potatos of this set is the games you receive the:
*1969 NBA Finals Game 7 Celtics-Lakers - 4th quarter only
*1976 NBA Finals Game 5 Celtics-Suns - the legendary game that went multiple OTs
*1981 NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 7 Celtics-Sixers - Larry Bird matures and guides the Celtics to an Game 7 victory over Dr. J
*1984 NBA Finals Games 4 and 7 Celtics-Lakers - Bird and Magic's first meeting in the NBA Finals and you get 2 great games
*1986 NBA Finals Game 4 Celtics-Rockets - The Celtics steamroll the Twin Towers
*1987 NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 5 Celtics-Pistons - Larry Bird steals the ball
If you are a new Celtics fan looking for material from their recent championship run with "The Boston 3-Party" you will be disappointed this is an older set, but if you love Celtics and know someone who enjoys great baseketball this is a must buy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2011
I personally think that this Dynasty set is probably the best. I mean from a basketball fanatics standpoint the team in the 80's (The Cheif, Mchale, Bird, Ainge, Johnson) was one of the most selfless team minded basketball teams ever. Granted the Lakers at this same time had the same mentality it was just mesmerizing to see these guys battle it out. Not the fact that it has some old school footage as well. I do wish they put a bit of the Hawks/Celtics playoff games but i understand why they couldnt, it would have been quite alot of footage for one set. But the highlight is truly getting to see the 80's brawls between two of the greatest basketball teams ever assembled. I put this one in front of the Lakers Dynasty set only because it has a bit more valuable footage. A must buy for not only Celtics fans....but mostly for any basketball fan of any kind.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2004
I own Larry Bird: Living Legend on DVD and bought this one for my uncle, who is also an avid Celtics fan. Im only 18 so I cant really appreciate as much the Celtics of old...Russel, Cousy, Heinson, Jonses, Cowens, Havlicek, etc., and Im probably too old to give a crap anymore about the "Pierce era," mostly b/c theyve sucked for so long, but it was the Larry era that really did it for me. I dont care who says what, Larry and Magic defined basketball. The 80's and perhaps early 90's was the greatest I've ever seen basketball get. And the '86 Celtics was the best team in NBA history. I personally havent seen the Celtics Dynasty DVDs but being that they include 7 past games, 5 of which are during the 80's, I'd buy it in a heartbeat. Like Red said, "I've been blessed to coach some of the greatest that ever played the game. But if I had to start a team today...the greatest player, and the one I'd take would be Larry Bird."
on November 12, 2011
Here's the deal with box sets, they are overwhelming to watch let alone review. So, first off, Discs 1 and 2 are basically the former NBA championship videos converted to DVD. Great stuff, especially to see a bunch of the other teams (enjoyed brief glimpses of the KC-Omaha Kings or the Cavs with some serious yellow going on back then) and also to see those classic interview clips. One moot point is the music on the "Home of the Brave: 86/7 season" is so beyond Miami Vice cheesy, but it's about the only thing flawed in the whole setup. Seeing Kevin McHale hanging with Nils Lofgren in his hotel room is beyond bizarro, too. Don't ask...just watch the clip when it shows up.
You also have to see John Havlicek and Don Nelson dribbling through a Boston sporting goods store in a TV ad for the same in one of the '70s sections. The old clips of the '50s thru '70s were the best, and the quality is not bad given the technology of the time.
Discs 3 thru 5 are full games bar the 1969 Finals Game 7 which is just the 4th quarter of Celtics-Lakers, but who cares? Just to see Bill Russell vs. Wilt Chamberlain (and Jerry West and Elgin Baylor!) for even a 12-minute quarter was enough to satisfy. The choice of games is almost spot on. They don't just pick games from the Finals nor always the deciding game so you had someone who knows the right games to pick.
Having said that, the Rockets-Celtics Game 4 from the 1986 Finals was a kind of nothing game. They really needed to replace that with the famous Dominique Wilkins vs. Larry Bird mano a mano in the 1988 East SF, game 7 as after all there is never going to be an Atlanta Hawks box set...then again, who knew the Spurs would become a dynasty?
Anyway, for any basketball fan (bar maybe Lakers fans), this has plenty to keep you occupied for hours on end.
on February 18, 2012
basketball as it used to be--Cousy leading a fast break with Russell or Heinsohn trailing. Cousy may throw a pass over his head or behind his back to the trailing player because it is the best way to get the ball there. NOT for style points. A dunk was used as needed--up, in the hoop and back down. NOT for style. It still counted for two points. On offense, the ball moves quickly around to the open shooter, the shot goes up and it usually 10-12 seconds instead of the point guard dribbling, dribbling and dribbling then makes one pass and then a shot. THree other players stand around and watch. Now a team scoring 100 points is having a good offensive night even with the three point shot. In the time of the Celtics reign, 100 points might be an off night. A blocked shot by Russell would go to another Celtic, not smacked into the third row of seats and followed by chest pounding. These discs will show you how basketball should be played--five players working together, not the showtime, fundamentally poor, one-on-one nonsense call pro basketball today. They were really the good, old days--teamwork and fundamentals were a given. Get this five disk set
on January 21, 2010
The videos were outstanding quality given the games were over 25 years ago. Very hard to believe, but yes it's been that long ! The history of the team was interesting, as the celebratory videos from 81 and 86. The games they chose were pretty good, but I would've liked to have seen one or two more of the Pistons Eastern Conference championship, instead of two Finals games vs the Rockets. Those were good in that they won championships as a result, but we all know the Lakers games are classic, but those Celts-Pistons battles from the late 80's are sort of a forgotten gem. The one in the set is Game 7 from the 87 eastern finals...The one where Robert Parrish clocks Bill Laimbeer blatantly, and doesn't get called for it...Anyway, if you're a Celtics fan, this is a must have...
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2005
I was very impressed with this compliation of Celtics history. I have been a fan since Bird's rookie year. The best part is the complete classic game footage. I can still hear the play by play voice of Dick Stockton calling those classic Celtic/Laker battles. I have been looking for these games for years and now am glad I have them. This is a must have for any basketball fan. If you want to see real basketball, unlike todays players, watch this collection of Celtic great games.
on January 23, 2011
I bought this DVD set for my husband's January birthday. I ordered it 3 days before Christmas - it came so quickly I gave it to him for a late Christmas present instead!! All of the DVDs we have watched so far have been very enjoyable! I appreciate the service and the quality of things ordered from Amazon. Thank you!
on February 13, 2009
Brillant dvd pack with all the best plays of Celtic basketball and the added bonus of Bird vs Magic.This is the way basketball should be played -entertaining TEAM basketball.Great viewing for all Celtic & basketball fans.